Area absentee ballots higher for run-off
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 1:00 PM
There may be bigger participation in Madison County in Tuesday's GOP primary run-off for U.S. senate and chancery clerk if absentee ballots are any indication.
Circuit Clerk Lee Westbrook said that as of Wednesday there were nearly 400 absentee votes turned in. During the June 3 primary, there were 300 ballots.
"While not always an accurate prediction of how many will vote, history indicated that a large number of absentee ballots usually means higher turnout on election day," Westbrook said.
The deadline to vote by absentee ballot is noon on Saturday. Prospective voters vote at the Circuit Clerk's office at the Madison County Courthouse in Canton from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. through Friday and 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday.
There were approximately 15,000 Republican votes in the primary on June 3.
There was some confusion on June 3 over voting precincts for some voters, and Westbrook said that came from precinct changes last summer and fall. She said she hopes people will double-check their voter cards that were mailed out before heading out to vote.
"We have to remember that the last time we voted before the primary was in a municipal election," Westbrook said. "Being creatures of habit, I'm sure some people just headed to the same place they last voted. The ID cards were created by the state, and they try to give the voters as much information as possible, so both your county and municipal voting precincts are on the card."
Polls are open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. June 24.